The case against adolescence

Teens in America are in touch with their peers on average 65 hours a week, compared to about four hours a week in preindustrial cultures.

Here is more.  The problem, of course, is that a contemporary wise and moderate 33 year old is looking to climb the career ladder, find a mate, or raise his babies.  He doesn’t have a great desire to educate unruly fifteen year olds and indeed he can insulate himself from them almost completely.  He doesn’t need a teenager to carry his net on the elephant hunt. Efficient capitalist production and rising wage rates lead to an increased sorting by age and the moral education of teens takes a hit.   

Here is an interview with Robert Epstein, recommended.  His new book, The Case Against Adolescence, argues that teenagers should be treated much more like adults.


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